For those concerned about cholesterol, it seems to me that Niacin has a lot less side effects that any of the STATIN DRUGS. Don't take my word for it. Check out the following link and excerpts. For me personally, I have never been able to tolerate the side effects of any of the Statin drugs. In my particular case after only 4 or 5 days on any of them I have multiple side effects that make taking any of them unpleasant to say the least. With Lipitor, one of the most common is Severe dizziness which I experienced after only 5 days on the product, combined with muscle aches, shooting pains in the joints etc.
Knowing the lethal effect of ending up with (Rhabdomyolysis) alone is reason to NOT take statins for me.
Here is valuable information on niacin supplementation.